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A Civil Rights Sit-In, a Mural Dedication, and a Family Historian’s Moving Story

Posted by Lou Szucs on June 30, 2014 in In The Community, Moments in Time

With his usual eloquence and the words coming straight from his heart, internationally known genealogist Tony Burroughs spoke to a crowd gathered for the dedication ceremony for a mosaic mural at the Burnside Scholastic Academy on June 15, 2014. The 300-square-foot mural commemorates the 1962 Burnside School parent and student sit-in, a spark that helped… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: June 30th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 30, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Murder Mysteries, Dickensian Conditions, Laughter and Tears by Brian Gallagher Welcome to the Gem State: Idaho State Research Guide by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Francis B. Griffin Imparts The Secret To a Long Life: “You Need To Relax” by Brian Gallagher Throwback Thursday Theme: At The Movies by Amy Johnson Crow Welcome to… Read more

Murder Mysteries, Dickensian Conditions, Laughter and Tears

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 28, 2014 in Who Do You Think You Are?

    This Summer sees the ever popular BBC show Who Do You Think You Are return to our screens with a stellar lineup of British and Irish celebrities. Launched in 2004, the show will hit its 100th episode during the upcoming series.     Scottish comedian Billy Connolly and Mrs. Brown’s Boys star Brendan… Read more

Welcome to the Gem State: Idaho State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 27, 2014 in Research

Idaho was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890 as the 43rd state. Five things you might not have known about Idaho: State law forbids a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy weighing more than 50 pounds. Hell’s Canyon is the deepest gorge in America at around 1,500 feet. Idaho has… Read more

Francis B. Griffin Imparts The Secret To a Long Life: “You Need To Relax”

Posted by Brian Gallagher on June 27, 2014 in In The Community, Stories

When it comes to family, we all reserve a special place in our hearts for our grandparents. The bond between grandparent and grandchild is unique – in us they see the future and in them we can learn about the past.  How can we share the wisdom and experience they have to impart? What can… Read more

Throwback Thursday Theme: At the Movies

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on June 26, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

I distinctly remember the first movie that I saw in a theater. My sister and one of her girl friends took me to the Town & Country Cinema, not far from our house. It was a matinee and the movie was Bambi. (No, it wasn’t during its original release in 1942. It was during one… Read more

Welcome to the Islands—Connecting to a Culture with AncestryDNA

Posted by Anna Swayne on June 25, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Deep inside each of us is the story of our past. Lexi from California found out how her past and present connect through the AncestryDNA test. Lexi fell in love with the Hawaiian Islands years ago and visits annually. “When I go to Hawaii, it feels like home.” She didn’t understand how deep that connection… Read more

Genealogy Roadtrip: 10 Tips for Researching at a Library or Archive

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 24, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

So where do genealogists go on vacations? The mountains? The beach?  Not a chance.  If we have our way, we go to archives, libraries, courthouses and cemeteries. Now if your family is with you and they’re not quite as obsessive about genealogy as you are (yes, oddly enough that happens), you might want to plan… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: June 23rd Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on June 23, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com Five Things About the Port of San Francisco  by Juliana Smith Welcome to the Natural State: Arkansas State Research Guide  by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Throw Thursday Theme: Family Vacations by Juliana Smith Distributed Denial of Service Attack Neutralized Quaker Migration: Why Do You Want To Leave Me by Lisa Arnold Ports Beyond… Read more

Five Things About the Port of San Francisco

Posted by Juliana Smith on June 21, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Research

This week, we take our series on ports beyond New York to the West Coast with five things about the Port of San Francisco. 1. Overland Immigration With the advantage of a natural harbor, it’s interesting that some of the most notable immigration to San Francisco came overland. In 1776, Juan Bautista de Anza led… Read more

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